Boys, 3 and 4, locked in dark closet, beaten with ‘teacher’s stick’ at Methuen daycare center, lawsuit alleges


The families of two young boys claim their preschoolers were locked in cupboards and beaten with a stick at a daycare center in Methuen, according to a civil suit filed this week in Essex Superior Court. who attended daycare at the Children’s Center of the Faith United Methodist Church from March to August 2022 said that as punishment he was frequently locked in a dark closet. The child said he was also frequently beaten with a stick known as a ‘stick’ and was not allowed to eat food from his lunch box which was packed by his mother, according to the lawsuit when they were ‘bad kids,'” the lawsuit states. Daycare workers were also accused of rehabilitating the boy, “grabbing him until his arms and legs couldn’t move. (The boy) reported he couldn’t breathe when this was done to him.” The family of a 3-year-old boy who attended daycare from October 2021 to August 2022 also said he was locked in a dark closet and said ‘monsters’ were inside, according to court documents. His family also alleges that he was beaten with a “teacher’s stick”. The child’s mother also alleges that her son suffered facial injuries and was denied a meeting with daycare staff. Both families filed complaints with the Ministry of Children and Families and the Ministry of Early Childhood Education and Care. The civil suit is seeking $15 million in damages from defendants, including Daycare, Mark Siegel, Sandra Lumb, William Callahan, Jennifer Pacard, Leticia Cordero, Iris Cordero, Yarlène Betances, Jane Doe and Unexie Santos.

The families of two young boys claim their preschoolers were locked in cupboards and beaten with a stick at a daycare center in Methuen, according to a civil suit filed this week in Essex Superior Court.

A 4-year-old boy who attended daycare at the Children’s Center of the Faith United Methodist Church from March to August 2022 said that as punishment he was frequently locked in a dark closet.

The child said he was also frequently beaten with a stick known as a “teacher’s stick” and was not allowed to eat food from his lunch box packed by his mother, according to the trial.

“(The child) was told by employees of the Children’s Center that there were rats and monsters in the supply closet to scare children when they were ‘bad kids,'” the lawsuit states.

Daycare workers were also accused of rehabilitating the boy, “grabbing him until his arms and legs couldn’t move. (The boy) reported that he couldn’t breathe when we did that to him.”

The family of a 3-year-old boy who attended daycare from October 2021 to August 2022 also said he was locked in a dark closet and said ‘monsters’ were inside, according to court documents. His family also claims he was beaten with a “teacher’s stick”.

The child’s mother also alleges that her son suffered facial injuries and was denied a meeting with daycare staff.

Both families filed complaints with the Ministry of Children and Families and the Ministry of Early Childhood Education and Care.

The civil suit seeks $15 million in damages from defendants, including the daycare, Mark Siegel, Sandra Lumb, William Callahan, Jennifer Pacard, Leticia Cordero, Iris Cordero, Yarlene Betances, Jane Doe and Unexie Santos.


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